Xavi retires from international football

Barcelona midfielder Xavi has announced his retirement from International football.

He made his International debut in 2000 and has since played 133 times for Spain, during which he time won the European Cup in 2008 and 2012 and also the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

Speaking to Sky Sports 34-year-old Xavi said: “I’m grateful to everybody at the Federation, it’s been a marvellous time for me to be there for so many years and have so much success.”

“I’m leaving very proud and I wish them all the best. From now on I’m another fan of the Spain team.”

Commenting on Spain’s poor performance at the recent World Cup in Brazil Xavi said: “I was disappointed on two levels at the end of last season as I did not feel useful to Barca or to the national team.”

“Brazil was disappointing for everyone collectively and for me also individually and the fact that I did not take part in the decisive game against Chile was a personal disappointment.”

Xavi still has two years remaining on his current contract with Barcelona and added: “I’m grateful for all those years and it has been a fantastic time.”

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